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Little Known 2010 Colorado Law Reduces Long Sentences for Technical Parole Revocation Violations – HB 1360: Reducing Revocations for Technical Violations

The 2010 Bill – HB 1360 Passed the Colorado House (54-9) and the Colorado Senate (24-11) and was signed into law on May 25, 2010.

Here is a summary and description of the law:

In lieu of revocation for a technical violation, the parole board may modify the conditions of parole and require the parolee to participate in a residential or outpatient treatment program. If parole is revoked for a technical violation, the maximum time of re-incarceration in prison is 90 days if the parolee was assessed as lower than high risk and the parolee’s underlying conviction was not for a crime of violence, menacing, or stalking.

A parolee can be re-incarcerated in prison for up to 180 days if s/he is assessed as high risk or is revoked to a community return to custody facility or community corrections facility and the underlying conviction was not for a crime of violence, menacing, or stalking.

Placement in a community return to custody facility for a technical parole violation was expanded to include people convicted of a class 4 felony, excluding crimes of violence and stalking.

The Department of Corrections, Division of Adult Parole is required to provide the judiciary committees of the House and Senate with a status report on parole outcomes and an accounting of appropriations made pursuant to HB 1360.

Each year the General Assembly is required to appropriate some of the cost savings from HB 1360 for re-entry support services for parolees related to obtaining employment, housing, transportation, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, mental health medication, or offender specific services.

Approximately $4.5 million in avoided prison costs was appropriated in FY 10-11 into treatment and reentry support services for parolees.